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    NHS Forth Valley’s searching for volunteers to play the piano in its hospitals. It’s part of an initiative to boost health and wellbeing – with research finding music can reduce anxiety and stress in patients. The health board’s placed five pianos in wards and public areas around the region. They include Forth Valley Royal, Falkirk […]

    A study has speculated that arthritis drugs could be used to block the spread of breast cancer. Research suggests the drugs block a protein released by bone marrow – which causes the spreading of breast cancer to the bone. The study was funded by Breast Cancer Now. Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer […]

    There’s a warning young people are missing out on their chance to vote. The latest figures show a third of people aged between 18 and 24 haven’t signed up to the electoral roll. The deadline to register to vote in next month’s election is just one week away The Electoral Commission’s working with NUS Scotland […]

    As the NHS Organ Donor Register reaches its 25-year milestone, people are being urged to tell a loved one about their wishes. Less than half of the Forth Valley population is currently on the register. The law will change next Autumn in Scotland, with it presumed people are in favour of donation, unless they state […]

    Almost a fifth of patients are waiting longer than 6 weeks for tests which could detect cancer. That’s according to Cancer Research UK. It’s calling on the Scottish Government to tackle the staffing shortage across the NHS to help those affected. The figures also show cancer continues to kill more people in Scotland than any […]

    Childline say they carried out 12 counselling sessions every day last year, with youngsters who had been sexually exploited. The charity delivered more than 200 of these sessions to children living in Scotland. In more than a third of cases, kids were targeted online, usually through social media or video games. Matt Forde, National Head […]

    The social work sector is on the verge of a crisis due to large-scale cuts. That’s the message from trade union Unison – who’re warning social care workers are under “enormous” pressure. 82% of staff say their workload’s increased over the last few years – with nearly 90% working late to keep on top of […]

    Primary school children in the Forth Valley should begin to receive their flu vaccine within “the next few weeks”. That’s according to NHS Forth Valley. Plans to vaccinate kids between P4 and P7 were delayed last week, due to a UK-wide shortage of the nasal spray vaccines. The programme had began in October – and […]

    A trade union’s calling for more protection for shopworkers – as figures show they experience abuse nearly once a fortnight. A study by Usdaw found the average shopworker in Scotland is abused, threatened or assaulted 21 times a year. Two-thirds have experienced verbal abuse this year – with more than 40% threatened by a customer. […]

    ScotRail have been criticised for reducing supply orders for essential items like soap and toilet paper. Staff have been forced to send “begging messages” to colleagues, according to internal emails leaked this week. The charity Age Scotland say it’s making travelling difficult for thousands of older people across the country. Brian Sloan, Age Scotland’s Chief […]